Governor Scott Walker joined local farmers from Monroe County to celebrate the Cranberry Growers Cooperative’s (CranGrow) new $20,000,000 facility expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. CranGrow, a joint group of independent Wisconsin cranberry growers, harvest cranberries to be made into sweetened dried fruit products. With this expansion, CranGrow is expected to add 50 employees when the new facility reaches full capacity.
“Family-owned cranberry farms have provided Wisconsin residents with this nutritious state fruit for generations,” Governor Walker said. “Private investment in homegrown agriculture continues to provide both a stronger economy and healthier communities across our great state.”
Cranberries are produced in 20 counties in the upper portion of the state, with the industry contributing hundreds of millions of dollars towards Wisconsin agriculture’s $88.3 billion economy. Wisconsin is first in total cranberry production and produces 57 percent of the nation’s total.
Cranberries are viewed as a superfood, and are believed to have exceptional health properties. Wisconsin cranberries are utilized for popular juice, sauce, and baked goods recipes that require dried versions of the fruit.